Solo: A Memoir of Hope

By Hope Solo

The Glass Castle meets A League in their Own in Solo, a candid and relocating memoir approximately family members, loss, and reconciliation from desire Solo, the supremely gifted, headline-making goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s nationwide football team.

During the 2011 Women’s global Cup, Solo grew to become an idol, function version, and intercourse image to a brand new iteration of younger American activities fanatics, inspiring the type of extreme devotion no longer visible because the days of Mia Hamm.

An Olympic gold medalist and arguably America’s sexiest athlete, desire has been featured at the disguise of Sports Illustrated (twice), in ESPN: The Magazine, and as a contestant at the hit ABC tv express Dancing with the Stars, and her poignant, compelling, and profoundly inspiring own background will ranking sizeable along with her legion of fans.

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It was once that easy. i wanted an individual to inform me what to do, how one can restart my lifestyles, deliver me again. i began to pack for St. Louis. III. I flew to St. Louis on Thursday, October 12, days earlier than the sport with Mexico. I flew via Chicago, the place I sat at my gate, expecting my connecting flight, full of dread. “Are you desire Solo? ” I appeared up and observed a guy with a smartly trimmed goatee having a look down at me. I nodded. “I’m Jeff Cooper,” he acknowledged. “I’m the landlord of the St. Louis WPS workforce. ” I knew that the Women’s expert football league was once scheduled to begin within the spring of 2009, a number of months after the Beijing Olympics. Jeff used to be excited and entire of strength and massive rules. He used to be additionally sympathetic approximately my state of affairs. “Stand up for your self, Hope,” he informed me as we boarded our flight. “Let me comprehend if i will be able to do something for you. ” The “Celebration travel” roster had already been published, and my identify used to be on it. wealthy guaranteed me that he had spoken numerous instances with Dan Flynn, and there has been a transparent realizing of what may occur. We have been going to maneuver ahead, placed the realm Cup in the back of us, element towards the 2008 Olympics. Dan—who lived in St. Louis—had canceled a visit to Switzerland to monitor the men’s nationwide crew play in an effort to stick as regards to domestic and display screen what occurred with me. by the point I reached the workforce inn, it used to be overdue on Thursday evening. I touched base with our basic supervisor, Cheryl Bailey. She informed me there will be a workforce assembly within the morning and gave me a few phrases of recommendation. “One smile at a time,” she stated. “One hi at a time. you place your hand out or even if not anyone takes it, you retain on attempting. ” I checked into my room. i used to be rooming with Tina, who had volunteered to stick with me. I couldn’t aid yet do not forget that she had by no means spoken up for me in China. yet i'll inform she desired to sort things among us. “Hope,” she acknowledged. “Guess what? I’m pregnant. ” Tina and Brad had gotten married a few yr past. i used to be so pleased with how that they had made it in the course of the demanding situations of being teenager mom and dad and now they have been including to their kin. That used to be her present to me, her olive branch—I used to be one of many first people who she shared her information with. I hugged her. the subsequent morning Tina and Cat insisted I pray with them. We clasped palms and stated a prayer of forgiveness. It felt phony. I went downstairs to a convention room. The chairs have been prepared in a circle and my teammates have been already seated. there has been an open chair subsequent to Carli. I sat down. i used to be so frightened that i used to be shaking. I didn’t are looking to see any of those women—all i may think about used to be the hell I had passed through in Shanghai. i needed to be again in my bath. Carli reached over and patted me at the leg. every person observed her do it. Greg spoke first. He acknowledged that he knew it took braveness for me to be the following. good, i assumed, that’s a great begin. however the commence used to be additionally the top of “good. ” not more sympathy. Greg recited a laundry checklist of my transgressions: he acknowledged the target in North Korea was once one of many worst error he had ever noticeable in an international Cup, but he had stood by means of me.

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